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New FLOWERS campaign highlights importance of garden safety

14 May 2018

As Spring moves into Summer, a new campaign has been launched by local Councils across Northern Ireland, including Derry City and Strabane District Council, reminding householders of the importance of keeping themselves – and especially their children – safe in the garden.

Using the acronym FLOWERS, the campaign highlights seven key areas which are among the most common causes of garden accidents.

They are:

Fences. Secure all fences and close garden gates when children are playing outside.

Lighting barbecues. Keep lit barbecues in an open space and never leave children unsupervised near a barbecue. Make sure they are fully extinguished when finished. Take care when disposing of barbecues and coals and make sure they have cooled down before putting them in the bin.

Out of Reach. Keep chemicals and tools out of reach. Store them on a high shelf in a secure garden shed.

Water. Always make sure that garden ponds are securely covered and children are supervised while playing in a paddling pool. Be aware of items that can fill with rain water such as buckets, plant pots and sand pit lids. As little as three centimetres of water can drown a small child.

Electrical Equipment. Lock all equipment such as power tools and lawnmowers in a shed or garage.

Remove Poisonous Plants and Berries. If you have poisonous trees in your garden, fence them off.

Soft Surfaces. Ensure all play equipment is placed on a soft surface such as grass or a mat. If you have a trampoline, ensure that it has a safety net and that it is used by only one child at a time. Remember trampolines should not be used by children under six years of age.

For more information, contact your local Home Safety team at Derry City and Strabane District Council 028 71 253253.